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Author Höcker, Arne, author

Title The case of literature : forensic narratives from Goethe to Kafka / Arne Höcker
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2020


Description 1 online resource (viii, 239 pages)
Series Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought
Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Contents The case of Werther and the institution of literature -- "Observe, write!" : histories of observation and the psychological novel Anton Reiser -- Hot and cold : history, casuistry, and literature in Schiller and Kleist -- Schmolling, Hoffmann, Hitzig, and the problem of legal responsibility -- The drama of the case : making the case of Woyzeck -- Drama, anecdote, case : Wedekind's Lulu -- Freud's cases -- Fantasy of facts : Döblin's poetics of uncertainty -- The man of possibilities : Musil's Moosbrugger
Summary "This book shows that narrative literature beginning in the late 18th century works out a mode of representing individual cases that exceeds singularity and novelty but stops short of generality and moral didacticism. Two essential questions guide the author's work here: How does this new literature contribute to the establishment of casuistic forms that since the 18th century have been involved in the formation of psychological knowledge and legal decision making? And how, inversely, does the case history contribute to the formation of literary and aesthetic discourses? In answering these questions for the German-language canon, this book contributes to the understanding of how we came to attribute to literature special formative and critical qualities that until today define our cultural self-conception"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 05, 2020)
Subject German prose literature -- History and criticism
German prose literature -- Sources
Case studies in literature.
Literature and morals -- Germany -- History
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- General.
Case studies in literature
German prose literature
Literature and morals
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019032678
ISBN 9781501749377